And sometimes it is as simple as this pasta.
We started with the "Piccolini" pasta made by Barilla:
It's this cute little pasta - just the right size for little mouths (my daughters', not mine). And - bonus - they have some that is made with veggies cooked into the pasta, so it has a serving of veggies right from the start.
Then, we browned some very lean (93/7) ground beef with about half an onion and a green bell pepper (both diced small) and a big spoonful of minced garlic. Add that to your favorite bottled pasta sauce (we like Target's Archer Farms brand), and then stir in a half a can of pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling, just the pumpkin), about 2 cups of frozen corn, and a can of diced tomatoes. Add about a 1/2 tsp. or so of Italian seasoning and let simmer for just a couple minutes to get everything cooked/heated through.
Mix it all together and --- voila a quick and healthy dinner. Serve with cottage cheese on the side and you've got all your food groups covered!